An upper blepharoplasty, or upper eyelid surgery, is the most common upper eyelid surgery and involves the removal of excess skin from the upper eyelids. The goal is to produce a more alert, rejuvenated and natural appearance to the eyes, without creating a “surprised” unnatural look. For male patients, the goal is conservative surgery in order to prevent “feminization” of the eyelids.
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, causing the skin of our eyelids to stretch, and the tissues that support them start to weaken. Additionally, fat begins to gather above the eyelids which may begin to bulge in the eyelid, leading to a tired or older appearance.
An upper blepharoplasty can address these droopy or “hooded” eyelids by removing the excess skin that causes them. It is also frequently done to reduce any puffiness of the upper eyelid caused by fatty tissue sagging forward.
Vision, especially peripheral vision, is frequently improved with an upper blepharoplasty when sagging skin along the outer corners of the eyes are lifted up and out of the way.
Surgery to correct the upper lid involves a carefully planned excision of skin and removal of excess fat. A conservative approach prevents an unnatural or “pulled” appearance of the eyelids and avoids possible problems in closing the eye. This procedure is always tailored to the individual patient in terms of how much skin and fat is excised.
Recovery from upper eyelid surgery varies among patients depending on multiple factors including age, health, genetics and previous surgery. After most eyelid surgeries, heavy physical activity and sports are not recommended for the first week after surgery, however, normal activity (walking, shopping) is permitted. There are usually no bandages and showering is permitted the day after surgery.
It is common for patients to develop bruising and swelling the majority of the swelling goes away in two to three weeks, but some swelling can last for a longer period of time as every patient heals at different rates depending on age and skin type. Dr. Marshak will personally see you frequently in the post-operative period to monitor your healing and ensure you are on course.
If you are tired of sagging or droopy eyelids and want a refreshed, more youthful look, call Dr. Marshak’s office in Palm Desert today for a consultation.